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Between October and December is the best time to visit Nepal as the skies are generally clear and the views spectacular. The weather remains dry until about April.

January and February can be very cold, especially at night, but will reward you with incredible panoramas and quieter trekking trails as there are fewer visitors. Late spring is a beautiful time to travel as the rhododendrons burst into bloom.

From May, heat and humidity levels build until the monsoon rains arrive in June and the clouds obscure the glorious mountain views. Nepal celebrates festivals all year, so there is often a festival or pilgrimage taking place - ask your specialist for more details as the dates often change from year to year.

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Nepal Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Chitwan National Park 22°C 21mm 24°C 13mm 30°C 16mm 35°C 30mm 35°C 87mm 33°C 329mm 32°C 467mm 32°C 467mm 31°C 287mm 30°C 85mm 27°C 7mm 23°C 3mm
Kathmandu 17°C 16mm 19°C 20mm 24°C 34mm 27°C 56mm 28°C 118mm 28°C 257mm 27°C 390mm 27°C 349mm 26°C 220mm 25°C 68mm 22°C 8mm 18°C 12mm
Namche Bazaar 6°C 14mm 6°C 21mm 10°C 31mm 13°C 37mm 15°C 56mm 16°C 175mm 16°C 295mm 16°C 273mm 15°C 167mm 13°C 63mm 9°C 7mm 7°C 7mm
Pokhara 18°C 27mm 20°C 19mm 26°C 49mm 29°C 96mm 29°C 254mm 29°C 527mm 28°C 738mm 28°C 694mm 27°C 378mm 26°C 120mm 22°C 5mm 19°C 4mm

Month-by-month guide to travelling in Nepal

One horned rhino, Bardia National Park, Nepal

Visiting Nepal in December - February

From late December through to February, Nepal's weather is pleasant during the day but temperatures drop significantly at night time; especially in the mountains. January is the coldest month, but fewer visitors results in quieter sightseeing opportunities. Many hotels and lodges offer fireplaces, blankets and hot water bottles to keep you cosy.

Events & Festivals

  • Wildlife in Nepal (October to April): Nepal's wildlife is worth exploring during the drier months. Chitwan and Bardia are two of the better protected national parks, offering great sightings of rhinos, monkeys, birds and even elephants.
Rhododendrons in Bhutan

Visiting Nepal in March - May

March marks the beginning of spring, when temperatures increase and rhododendrons bloom. Days are longer during March and April, making them perfect for trekking, although temperatures are still cool at night. It's a popular time to travel, so plan well in advance. May is one of the warmest months of the year but will bring cloud and showers before the monsoon arrives.

Events & Festivals

  • Holi festival is becoming more well-known around the world, but it isn't just an Indian festival; it's celebrated across the cities and towns of Nepal every March too.
  • Rhododendron season (March and April): Nepal’s landscapes change colour in the spring as a range of rhododendron species spread across the hills and mountains, changing colour according to altitude from reds to pinks and whites.
  • Wildlife in Nepal (October to April): Nepal's wildlife is worth exploring during the drier months. Chitwan and Bardia are two of the better protected national parks, offering great sightings of rhinos, monkeys, birds and even elephants.
Bodnath Square, Kathmandu, Nepal

Visiting Nepal in June - August

The monsoon season occurs from June through to August. Days are warm (up to 30°C), wet and with high humidity. Due to Nepal’s topography, rains often occur at night, resulting in beautiful morning scenery. Although we’d advise against trekking at this time of year, city sightseeing is still possible and quieter than peak periods.

Annapurna region

Visiting Nepal in September - November

As the monsoon dissipates in September, Nepal welcomes beautiful clear skies, fresh air and incredible views. October and November are two of the best months to visit as dry days make trekking easier and offer good visibility. The verdant landscapes following the rains are ideal for photographers.

Events & Festivals

  • Wildlife in Nepal (October to April): Nepal's wildlife is worth exploring during the drier months. Chitwan and Bardia are two of the better protected national parks, offering great sightings of rhinos, monkeys, birds and even elephants.

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